Last October, Chris Rock drove from his New Jersey home to Greenwich Village's Comedy Cellar and slipped inside undetected. He hadn't been seen much on the stand-up scene in a while; he'd spent his past few years starring in movies both sky-high (Top Five, which he wrote and directed) and crawl-space low (co-starring in Adam Sandler's Grown Ups).
"If someone wants 52 percent custody, you know they want to kill you," he said.Rock won't say he and Prince were close, but they talked, and Rock loved his music.He saw Prince do one of his final shows, at a New Year's Eve party in 2015 on St. The patrons sipped away their drink minimums and endured unknowns sprinkled with knowns – both Judd Apatow and Dave Attell did sets. The audience went silent for a moment before jumping up in a roar as Rock, in jeans and a T-shirt, took the stage.In fact, much of what the Comedy Cellar crowd had recently read about Rock was regarding his divorce from Malaak Compton-Rock after 18 years of marriage.His tastes are expansive, and his fandom runs deep.